Healthy Hero Ambassadors


The Alfred was delighted to welcome back Jason McCartney as an official Ambassador of The Alfred 2016 Father’s Day Appeal. A victim of the Bali bombings in 2002, his much-celebrated road to recovery is proof that a commitment to better health, while sometimes challenging, is well worth it.

Most recently, Jason has worked with the AFL in the area of game development as the AFL Youth and High Performance Coordinator, and is currently at the Western Bulldogs as a List Manager.

in 2016 Jason was joined by three new ambassadors.

Victorian cricket champion Paul Sheahan played 31 Tests for Australia, having made his debut against India while still playing for Melbourne University. Outside of cricket, he has long been a passionate educator, with stints as Principal of The Geelong College and Headmaster of Melbourne Grammar. Most recently, Paul was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for services to education and community charity work.

Former St Kilda and Collingwood champion, Luke Ball, also joined the 2016 Healthy Heroes. Having recently taken up a head role within the AFL’s umpiring department, Luke currently juggles this senior position with his media duties – a regular for both Channel 9 and 3AW. The former All-Australian is remembered as a rugged on-baller whose determination and tenacious attitude established him as a fan favourite.

The trio of sporting champions were also joined by former Alfred patient Andre Rencontre. In late 2015, the father of two was told after a routine heart check-up that he ran a very real risk of sudden cardiac death. Rushed to The Alfred, he was implanted with an ICD (Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator), gifting him a new life.

No matter the time of the year you can join our Healthy Heroes in making a positive change and adopting a healthy lifestyle and help The Alfred to raise awareness of men's health.